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16 clever toilet paper storage solutions for small bathrooms

6 Clever Toilet Paper Storage Solutions for Small Bathrooms
Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 11, 2024

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Buying toilet paper in bulk is the most cost-effective way to make sure you’re well-stocked for the coming weeks, but if you’ve got a small bathroom it can be tricky to find places to store the rolls.

It may require a bit of creativity — or even just one handy product — but there are toilet paper storage options out there for everyone, no matter how big or small your bathroom is. These toilet paper storage ideas utilize space and sometimes create even more of it, which is always a plus!

1. Over-the-Toilet Storage

Duoer storage basket

$49.97 at Walmart

This is likely the most common toilet paper storage option out there, because taking advantage of the vertical space above your toilet is a great way to go. We love this small bathroom essential because it actually adds more storage without taking up any precious floor space. It comes with three fixed shelves, one of which has closing doors. This is perfect for keeping extra toilet paper rolls tucked away and out of sight.

2. Over-the-Door Racks

Simple Houseware 24 Pockets Large Clear Pockets Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer

$9.97 at Amazon

You’ve likely seen over-the-door storage cubbies for shoes — why not use one to make more room in your bathroom? There are bathroom storage organizers out there designed for showers and similar spaces, but we prefer to just repurpose a shoe organizer to get the same results, often for less money! The extra-large pockets of this one are just big enough to hold a standard roll,  and they come in a variety of color options, including pink and turquoise, if you want to add a pop of color to brighten up your bathroom. Just hook it over the top of your door and voila! You’ve got a built-in flat surface to store things against.

3. Vertical Toilet Roll Holders

iDesign Kent Freestanding Toilet Paper Holder

$16.22 (was $24.99) at Wayfair

When it comes to stylish toilet paper storage ideas, this is one of our top picks. Vertical toilet paper storage units are designed to hold a few rolls of paper without keeping them out on display. Hiding items in small spaces is a great way to create the illusion of more space by removing clutter from your line of sight. Keep it simple with a neutral shade, sleek design and covered top, as with this one from Wayfair.

4. Wall-Mounted Shelves

Artori Floating Toilet Paper Shelf Storage

$27.50 at Amazon

Once again, using the vertical space in a small bathroom is going to be your best bet most of the time. If you’re able to mount a small bathroom shelf to your bathroom wall, we recommend doing so. This will keep toilet paper within easy reach without taking up any more space, and you can even have it double as a work of art when you choose a fun design, like thesewhimsical floating shelves from Artori Design Store.

5. Storage Cabinet

Spirich Home Slim Bathroom Storage Cabinet

$82.99 at Amazon

If you can’t mount a shelf to the wall but have a little extra floor space, a storage cabinet is an excellent toilet paper storage option. Storage cabinets are great for keeping items out of sight but within easy reach, because they not only hold items inside, they usually include a flat surface on top that can display additional items. We really love this option from Spirich because it’s narrow, comes with two pull-out shelves (one tall, one shorter),  and has a flat surface on top that actually pops open on one end, so you can keep anything you need within super-easy reach.

6. Toilet-Top Bin

Duoer storage basket

$22.99 (was $28.99) at Amazon

If you don’t have a cupboard to keep yours in, why not display it proudly? Simply add a nice wicker, wood or mesh tray on top of your toilet. You can buy one or repurpose one you already own. This provides an easy storage solution that won’t break the bank. Plus, adding a few other items like wipes and incense matches can add a real “bathroom attendant” vibe to your porcelain throne at home, so see if you can have some fun with it!

7. Drawers

Adobe

Anyone with a built-in shelf under their bathroom sink has likely already thought of this, but using that room to store your rolls is the quickest and easiest thing to do. Cabinets and drawers are always great places to keep backup toilet paper rolls, so don’t overlook the obvious when scoping out spots to stuff your toilet paper.

8. Or a Closet

Adobe

We’re not sure if this is cheating, but sometimes, the best way to make room in a small space is to keep as little stuff in that space as possible. Storing the bulk of your toilet paper in a hall closet, your garage or even under your bed if you don’t have additional space are all good ways to work with small rooms — just be sure to keep a couple of rolls on top of the toilet or elsewhere within easy reach.

9. Stuffed Animal Holder

mirolam Stuffed Animal Storage Hammock or Net

$9.98 at Amazon

Stuffed animal holders keep loose toys together in kid’s rooms without taking up too much space, and you can apply this same solution to your bathroom. Holders like this one from Mirolam fit in a corner (again — vertical space!) and it’s made to hold up to 10 pounds of weight, so it can surely support at least a dozen rolls without falling.

10. Bag it Up

Walmart

You likely have a reusable shopping bag somewhere in your home — put it to use as a toilet paper storage unit! This is one of our favorite low-cost storage options because all you have to do is drop your rolls in a bag and then hang it on a hook. If you’d like to do so in a more stylish way, grab a mesh produce bag from your favorite grocery store for just a few bucks.

11. A Rolling Cart

SPACELEAD Slim Storage Cart

$18.89 (was $30.99) at Amazon

This is another “needs floorspace” design idea, but if you’ve got some to spare you can add tons of storage in a chic way. A rolling cart or drink car usually comes with two or three tiers for keeping loose items in one place, including backup rolls of TP.  We like this one from Spacelead because it’s narrow, so it won’t take up too much room, and it’s on wheels, so you can easily scoot it out of the way on cleaning day.

 12. Corner Storage

Mazjoaru corner shelving organizer

$29.99 at Amazon

Corners are great places to keep things because they’re out of the way and typically empty. This is exactly the kind of area that’s perfect for keeping toilet paper rolls, and adding some shelving will also make use of wasted vertical space. This hand-knitted three-tier macrame hanging shelf from Mazjoaru can hold up to 20 pounds, so it’s an attractive solution.

13. Shower Space

Gardeners Supply Company Large Garden Tubtrugs

$19.95 at Amazon

Your shower or tub is most likely taking up all the prime real estate in your bathroom, so why not use it to your advantage in between washes? Keeping your extra toilet paper rolls in a plastic basket inside that shower will always ensure it’s out of the way. This garden bin is fitted with handles, making it easy to pick up and place elsewhere when it’s time to shower, and because the material is waterproof you can pop it right back in as soon as you’re ready to towel off. Don’t love the look of this hack? Just draw your shower curtain shut and keep it out of sight.

14. Upcycle a Shower Caddy

Eudele 5-piece shower caddy

$24.99 (was $69.99) at Amazon

This toilet paper storage idea is a bit of a crossover from the over-the-door idea from earlier and the last one, which utilizes shower space for added storage. Shower caddies are a great way to keep extra toilet paper on hand without taking up any added room. The best part? They assemble in a second — just be sure to hang yours on the outside of your curtain or shower door to keep that paper dry! This caddy set from Eudele comes with five pieces, several of which are large enough and well-shaped to hold an average roll of toilet paper. It comes in a variety of colors to match your decor.

15. Shelving Inside Your Cabinet

2 Pack Hanging Wall Basket Wire Storage Baskets

$13.38 (2-pack) at Amazon

Don’t worry, this one isn’t as labor-intensive as it sounds. If you have a bathroom cabinet you can use the inside of the cabinet doors to keep your extra toilet paper rolls. We love these adhesive baskets because they’re each big enough to hold two rolls of toilet paper (or four if you stack them), and they require no drilling, so they’re perfect for renters or anyone who just doesn’t want to mess with added hardware.

16. Basket

Seagrass Handcrafted Toilet Paper Holder

$59 at Pottery Barn

We love this idea for anyone who has a toilet paper roll holder that’s been placed in the most awkward position imaginable (think: having to turn almost all the way around to reach your roll.) This basket/toilet paper dispenser can hold multiple rolls discreetly in the well of the baset, and comes with a built-in roll, which you can keep anywhere within easy reach.

No matter how small your bathroom is, there are always clever toilet paper storage ideas that won’t make you sacrifice your style or break the bank!

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